Retail FDI: SP may walk out, TMC to vote against govt today
“I know, we will not come to power. But we will give support to you or take support from you,” he said, referring to the SP’s need to remain in the good books of the Congress after the next elections.
While Yadav did not spell out how the SP would vote in the house, senior party leader Ram Gopal Yadav hinted that his party could walk out. “Staging a walkout is also a form of protest, you must recognize,” he said.
The Trinamool’s Roy, on the other hand, made a fiery speech attacking the government and alleging that the Congress was working at the behest of the US and corporate retailers of that country. “Are we selling our heads for a few pieces of silver?” he asked. “Like the East India company came as traders and became rulers of India, same thing will happen with FDI and Walmart (sic).”
Relief for the government came in the form of ally DMK deciding not to vote against the government even though it is opposed to FDI in retail. DMK leader T K S Elangovan said his party was strongly against FDI but “we will still not vote against you...we will not let you down. We will not join the opposition, we will not join the BJP...we will watch you and correct you”.
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